13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can be seen in the Roman Forum?

2. What does Aunt Peg's next letter discuss?

3. What do Keith and Ginny do on the way to London?

4. What does Ginny sacrifice to the Vestal Virgins?

5. Who is Ortensia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ginny ask Beppe when they arrive at his apartment and what does he do there?

2. Who is Keith's roommate?

3. Where does Ginny go and what does she get there?

4. How does Ginny decide to get the money to the artist?

5. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

6. What do Keith and Ginny do at the house in Edinburgh and what is Ginny told as she is leaving?

7. Who is Ginny supposed to meet in Edinburgh and why? How does Ginny feel about going there?

8. Who opens the door when Ginny goes to the address in London given in the letter?

9. What does Richard say when asked what he sold the Queen?

10. What is Ginny's first "assignment"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "13 Little Blue Envelopes".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "13 Little Blue Envelopes". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "13 Little Blue Envelopes. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

(see the answer keys)

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